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[throt-l] /ˈθrɒt l/
Also called throttle lever. a lever, pedal, handle, etc., for controlling or manipulating a throttle valve.
the throat, gullet, or windpipe, as of a horse.
verb (used with object), throttled, throttling.
to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.
to choke or suffocate in any way.
to compress by fastening something tightly around.
to silence or check as if by choking:
His message was throttled by censorship.
  1. to obstruct or check the flow of (a fluid), as to control the speed of an engine.
  2. to reduce the pressure of (a fluid) by passing it from a smaller area to a larger one.
at full throttle, at maximum speed.
Origin of throttle
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English throtelen, frequentative of throten to cut the throat of (someone), strangle, derivative of throat; (noun) probably diminutive of Middle English throte throat; compare German Drossel
Related forms
throttler, noun
unthrottled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The strong monopolies have in this way been able to strengthen their hands for the purpose of throttling their weak competitors.

    Monopolies and the People Charles Whiting Baker
  • Vain were the trooper's struggles to free himself from that throttling grip.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He pulled Jason from the chair with a single motion, holding him by the neck, throttling him.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • One man was upon his back, throttling him so that he could not utter a cry.

    The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
  • throttling to quarter-speed they skirted the south shore of the island and nosed their way along the coast.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • And you who smashed the window-pane while your aunt was throttling me?

  • This action is called wire-drawing the steam, and the governor is called a throttling governor.

  • But he was ashamed of himself, and felt as if something tight was throttling him.

  • It would seem as if these spheres of influence had become linked together into a chain for throttling purposes.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
British Dictionary definitions for throttling


Also called throttle valve. any device that controls the quantity of fuel or fuel and air mixture entering an engine
an informal or dialect word for throat
verb (transitive)
to kill or injure by squeezing the throat
to suppress: to throttle the press
to control or restrict (a flow of fluid) by means of a throttle valve
Derived Forms
throttler, noun
Word Origin
C14:throtelen, from throtethroat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for throttling



"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from Middle English throte "throat" (see throat). Related: Throttled; throttling. The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bend the throttle

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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